Plug computer

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Marvell Technology Group's SheevaPlug plug computer in action
CloudPlug, a plug computer developed by CTERA Networks
Seagate Dockstar, a plug computer similar to the SheevaPlug

A plug computer is a compact computer server configured for use in the home or office. The name is derived from the small configuration of such devices: plug computers are often enclosed in an AC power plug or AC adapter.

Suitable for running a media server, back-up services, file sharing and remote access functions, such devices can be used as a bridge between in-home protocols such as Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) and Server Message Block (SMB) and cloud based services.

Plug computers typically consume little power and are inexpensive. One manufacturer claims its $119 plug computer draws 1.2 watts and can cost $2 a year to run.[1] The low cost of plug computers has led to a proposed "FreedomBox", an always-on home server configured to keep communication private in the face of government surveillance.[2]

History[edit]

A number of other devices of this type began to appear at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show.[citation needed]

  • On January 6, 2009 CTERA Networks launched a device called CloudPlug that provides online backup at local disk speeds and overlays a file sharing service.[3] The device also transforms any external USB hard drive into a network-attached storage device.[4][5]
  • On January 7, 2009, Cloud Engines unveiled Pogoplug network access server.[6][7][8][9]
  • On January 8, 2009, Axentra announced availability of their HipServ platform.[10]
  • On February 23, 2009, Marvell Technology Group announced its plans to build a mini-industry around plug computers.[11][12]
  • On August 19, 2009, CodeLathe announced availability of their TonidoPlug network access server.[13]
  • On November 13, 2009 QuadAxis launched its plug computing device product line and development platform, featuring the QuadPlug and QuadPC and running QuadMix, a modified Linux.[14]
  • On January 5, 2010, Iomega announced their iConnect network access server.[15]
  • On January 7, 2010 Pbxnsip launched its plug computing device the sipJack running pbxnsip: an IP Communications platform.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tonidoplug 2 technical specifications". Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ Dwyer, Jim. "Decentralizing the Internet so Big Brother can't find you". New York Times. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "CTERA Networks Launches, Introduces Cloud Attached Storage" (Press release). Ctera networks. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  4. ^ Nelson, Fritz (January 11, 2009). CTERA at CES: USB as NAS and Cloud Backup. TechWebTV. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  5. ^ Lawson, Stephen (January 6, 2009). "Startup Ctera will offer cloud storage through carriers". Network World. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  6. ^ Clark, Don; Christopher Lawton (January 8, 2009). "Gadgets for Leaner Times". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  7. ^ Needleman, Rafe (January 7, 2009). "Pogoplug puts any hard drive on the Internet". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  8. ^ Lester, Dave (January 12, 2009). "Consumer electronics: Take a peek at geek chic". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  9. ^ Pogoplug brings easy file sharing to your home network. Fast Company. January 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  10. ^ "Axentra Announces HipServ 2.0 for PlugTop Computing" (PDF) (Press release). Axentra. January 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  11. ^ Clark, Don (February 23, 2009). "Marvell Bets on Plug Computers". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  12. ^ "Marvell Introduces Plug Computing ─ High-Performance, Low-Power, Exceptionally Small Computer for Managing and Storing Digital Media Assets" (Press release). Marvell Technology Group. February 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  13. ^ "CodeLathe introduces TonidoPlug". CodeLathe. 12 August 2009. 
  14. ^ "QuadAxis Launches Plug Computers". QuadAxis. 13 November 2009. 
  15. ^ "Iomega's New iConnect Wireless Data Station: Share Files, Manage Torrents, Access Your Data Remotely, Backup Your PC and Mac And Much More for Only $99". Iomega. 5 January 2010. 
  16. ^ "pbxnsip Demonstrate Sheeva Plug compatibility". pbxnsip. 7 January 7, 2010. 

External links[edit]

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